The Eastern Ontario Catholic District School Board (CSDCEO) is congratulating the 35 graduates of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) who obtained their level 1. The 2020-2021 school year was a record year for OYAP enrollment, with 43 registrations compared to 30 last year.

Some CSDCEO students received awards at a ceremony held on June 17, jointly with the other participating school boards and La Cité. In the Plumbing program, Philippe Larocque-Plouffe from l’École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury (ESCRH) received the perseverance award, Alexandre R. Groulx from l’École secondaire catholique de Casselman (ESCC) received the award of the next generation and Tavish Deguire from l’École secondaire catholique Le Relais in Alexandria received the Academic Excellence Award.

In the Construction and Maintenance Electrician program, Rémy Larivière from ESCRH received the perseverance award, Alex Racine from ESCC received the next generation award and Joshua Villeneuve from l’École secondaire catholique L’Escale in Rockland received the award for academic excellence.

In the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic program, Mikaël Larivière from l’École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet (ESCP) received the next generation award. In the Welding program, Sheldon Livock from ESCRH received the perseverance award, Xavier Perreault from ESCRH received the next generation award, Elian Renaud from ESCRH received the academic excellence award and Mason Bradley-Gardiner from ESCC received the Teamwork Award. Special mention to Tavish Deguire of Le Relais for his Star of the Council.

OYAP is a secondary school program that allows students to explore more than 140 careers in the skilled trades through apprenticeships in the Grades 11 and 12. By enrolling in the cooperative education program, the student is registered as an apprentice, which speeds up their journey to their qualification.

“Congratulations to all students that completed Level 1. All trades require specific skills and abilities. We believe that the OYAP program, with its learning path that combines classroom and on-the-job training, maximizes learning and skills development.” said François Turpin, Director of Education and Secretary.

The Eastern Ontario Catholic District School Board (CSDCEO) is growing in enrollment. It provides education to more than 10,200 students in several early childhood centers (daycares), 25 elementary schools, seven high schools and the Eastern Ontario Education and Training Center (CÉFEO). The CSDCEO is the largest network of French-language schools in the five counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell.